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The Passion of the Christ (Definitive Edition) (2004)

Jim Caviezel , Monica Bellucci , Mel Gibson  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,535 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov, Francesco De Vito
  • Directors: Mel Gibson
  • Writers: Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald
  • Producers: Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Enzo Sisti, Stephen McEveety
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Hebrew, Latin, Aramaic
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,535 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7VHJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Passion of the Christ (Definitive Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Menus - Drissi
  • Feature Video
  • Passion Re-Cut (seamlessly branched)
  • Filmmaker Commentary with Mel Gibson, Caleb Deschanel, and John Wright (original cut only)
  • Production Commentary withStephen McEveety, Ted Rae and Keith Vanderlaan (original cut only)
  • Theologian Commentary with MelGibson, Father William J. Fulco, Gerry Matatics, and Father John Bartunek (original cut only)
  • Music Commentary with John Debney (Selected scenes)
  • Disc 2:
  • By His Wounds we are Healed: The Making of the Passion of the Christ
  • Intro & Script Evolution
  • Language Barriers
  • Finding Jerusalem
  • Artistic Inspiration
  • The Right Role
  • Evil Personified
  • Tailoring a perfect fit
  • The Director
  • Grace in Photography
  • Make up and Visual Effects
  • The Earthquake
  • The Crucifixion
  • Jim Surrerning
  • Breaking the Tension
  • Wrapping Production
  • The Cutting Room
  • The Score
  • Designing the Sound Effects
  • Guerilla Marketing
  • Spiritual Journey
  • "Below the Line" Panel
  • The Legacy
  • Paths of the Journey
  • On Language
  • Anno Domini
  • Crucifixion: Punishment in the Ancient World
  • Through the Ages
  • Deleted Scenes:
  • Pilate
  • Don't Cry
  • Galleries:
  • Production Art
  • Historical Texts
  • Art Images
  • Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

After all the controversy and rigorous debate has subsided, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ will remain a force to be reckoned with. In the final analysis, "Gibson's Folly" is an act of personal bravery and commitment on the part of its director, who self-financed this $25-30 million production to preserve his artistic goal of creating the Passion of Christ ("Passion" in this context meaning "suffering") as a quite literal, in-your-face interpretation of the final 12 hours in the life of Jesus, scripted almost directly from the gospels (and spoken in Aramaic and Latin with a relative minimum of subtitles) and presented as a relentless, 126-minute ordeal of torture and crucifixion. For Christians and non-Christians alike, this film does not "entertain," and it's not a film that one can "like" or "dislike" in any conventional sense. (It is also emphatically not a film for children or the weak of heart.) Rather, The Passion is a cinematic experience that serves an almost singular purpose: to show the scourging and death of Jesus Christ in such horrifically graphic detail (with Gibson's own hand pounding the nails in the cross) that even non-believers may feel a twinge of sorrow and culpability in witnessing the final moments of the Son of God, played by Jim Caviezel in a performance that's not so much acting as a willful act of submission, so intense that some will weep not only for Christ, but for Caviezel's unparalleled test of endurance.

Leave it to the intelligentsia to debate the film's alleged anti-Semitic slant; if one judges what is on the screen (so gloriously served by John Debney's score and Caleb Deschanel's cinematography), there is fuel for debate but no obvious malice aforethought; the Jews under Caiaphas are just as guilty as the barbaric Romans who carry out the execution, especially after Gibson excised (from the subtitles, if not the soundtrack) the film's most controversial line of dialogue. If one accepts that Gibson's intentions are sincere, The Passion can be accepted for what it is: a grueling, straightforward (some might say unimaginative) and extremely violent depiction of the Passion, guaranteed to render devout Christians speechless while it intensifies their faith. Non-believers are likely to take a more dispassionate view, and some may resort to ridicule. But one thing remains undebatable: with The Passion of the Christ, Gibson put his money where his mouth is. You can praise or damn him all you want, but you've got to admire his chutzpah. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

2-DVD Special Edition includes a new Director's cut, commentaries and theological discussions, plus a second disc of bonus features.

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400 of 453 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'they've seized him' December 26, 2006
One of the most talked about films in decades; thought I would add my 2 cents as a late entry.

I think the root controversy about the film has to do with the question of whether or not it has artistic merit for a viewer without faith. I think this is a fair question, as I never really understood the idea that religion offers, so to speak, an excuse for ugly artwork. Arguably there is no such excuse, unless one of the points of religious art is to repel people who don't already share the faith.

The film has been labeled violent, which it is; but unfair here has been the label that it is in some noteworthy sense exceptionally violent. It is not. There are hundreds of films that are far more violent--and graphic. Perhaps this film is even less violent than average, at least of more recent decades. It is perhaps even less violent than the blockbuster version of Gandhi of some years back, billing Candice Bergen and Ben Kingsley, of which the Passion has reminded me somewhat; at any rate they are at least in the same ball park. Rather, the distinctive mark of the Passion is that it invites us to keep the humanity of the victim of violence in full view; not to distance ourselves by, say, feeling contempt or anger towards the victim as a bump-off-able bad guy, or seeing the victim as a replaceable curiosity, a dispensable nitwit. In the Gandhi movie, for example, the majority of the acts of violence are against victims who are more or less, cinematically speaking, dispensable nitwits. All we see Gandhi suffer is being shot at the end--and even that, at the beginning also, setting up a flashback--and a few blows to the head (from which he recovers). In any event, it is easy to name films that are more violent, just not ones that, at the same time, are as personal.
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307 of 355 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The reflection February 24, 2004
When you start the movie you have the hype that has surrounded it. At the end you have the feeling that this individual loved, believed, and gave everything for his beliefs. You understand that the Jews of that society show they were like us today where a few acted as if they were the voice of the many. It is a movie that pulls at the fabric of your understanding of this horrible and painful death allowing you to understand it and what it must have been like.
In summary it is a movie that made me reflect. It made me sad, and based on my beliefs made me proud that this individual cared for me and gave his life to set me free. It was a well done and flowed well from beginning to end. It built on itself the way a great movie should. The editing and story through the lens was exceptional. It was a great technical movie regardless of beliefs.
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204 of 238 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Definitive Edition February 23, 2007
I purchased this version after I saw it in the store the week it came out. I already owned the original DVD release, but I heard this had lots of special features and the re-cut version. Therefore I purchased this edition. However, I was a bit disappointed.

I really enjoyed the movie in the theater. It tells the story of the last 12 hours of the life of christ. It was very gory and I wouldn't want to show it to children. However, for older people (12 yrs. and up)this does a good job of depicting the trials and tribulations of Christ's crucifiction.

My biggest complaint about this movie was the subtitles. However, if you are familiar with the Biblical story, you can pretty much ignore the dialogue and focus on the picture.

Now for this "Definitive Edition" Special feature wise this is a great edition to have. It has loads of extra features.

My biggest complaint about this edition was that if you are a person like me who sometimes has to take several different times (starting and stopping) to watch a movie in it's entirety, the chapter selections are a wonderful thing. You can stop where you need to and start back just by selecting the scene you were on. However, with the definitive edition the scene selection is done with approximately 10 chapters. The chapters are set up to coincide with the "stations of the cross." Although a good idea if you are Catholic and want to see those stages but for a normal viewer of this movie it was terribly frustrating. The first chapter runs for over an hour. I usually don't have that long to watch so I have to start all over each time and use fast forward to get to where I was. It was just very irritating.
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173 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, Albeit Quite Violent Portrayal Of Jesus' Passion February 25, 2004
First of all, let me start this effort by saying how amazed I was by the movie, and by its sheer emotional power. It is superbly shot, the cinematography literally breath-taking in its intensity and ability to add muscular heft to the familiar story of how Jesus came to fulfill the prophecy through his divine sacrifice on behalf of all mankind. The movie-goer is sure to be transformed by the magnitude of the oft-told and retold tale of how the events of the final twelve hours focused on the ways in which Jesus deliberately serves himself up as the sacrificial lamb for the manifest sins of the world, offering all humans the opportunity to re-establish their contact with the divine from whom they had been estranged.
Indeed, I found myself almost speechless after viewing the film, and was not quite sure to what extent it was a result of the power of the film's message as opposed to the graphically violent context in which the tale is told. Herein lies the single criticism one can level against the film, which despite many worries from bystanders that it was laced with virulent anti-Semitism, seems to clearly blame all sinners (ergo, all of us) for the sacrifice of God's son on the cross. Yet Mel Gibson's sure hand is both able and accurate, and the violence shows how carnal man greets the divine, and how we react to the message of hope and salvation; through unspeakable cruelty and gratuitous violence. So, while this is indeed a very violent movie, the murderous acts depicted quite graphically have to be taken in the context of the supernatural events transpiring, as a kind of carnal counterpoint to the ethereal repose with which Jesus bears all of the acts visited upon him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Account of Jesus's Death and Resurrection
I encourage you to watch this movie on the evening of Holy Thursday or early on Good Friday every year. This movie beautifully but violently portrays the Passion of our Lord.
Published 6 hours ago by R. Beckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed
This is a movie I have avoided watching until a few days ago. I am glad I watched this, the suffering of Christ is very accurately portrayed.
Published 10 hours ago by James A Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING Movie!
Yes, this movie can be quite gory, but LIFE is often gory. And to see what Jesus went through for us is very humbling! Read more
Published 1 day ago by D. Stull
2.0 out of 5 stars An exercise in overstatement
The film is extremely well produced but the writing of it is overwrought. Scripture says that Jesus was flogged. It does not say that his back was flayed open and ribs exposed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Robert P. Moyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Check
It is great to read Jesus' passion on Easter, during our prayer times, for study, or what have you. If, however, like me, you have a very poor imagination (thanks to too much T.V. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Paul Blum
5.0 out of 5 stars What I expected
I've heard about the goriness and was a bit concerned, but overall, it was a good movie to watch before Easter to remind me of the sacrifices Jesus made.
Published 2 days ago by Tiffany W. Dodson
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!
This is my all time favorite movie. Mel Gibson did a magnificent job. I would recommend this movie to everyone. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Desalena Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MOVIE
Thanks a lot for sending me this movie. It is lent season and my family watch this movie almost every Friday. We all family members will watch it again on Good Friday. Read more
Published 3 days ago by EDWARD MICHAEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Draws me in
The beginning seems slow going, but then so does the reading of the Passion... it draws you in though, you are moved to pain for His suffering. Read more
Published 4 days ago by sdmk
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
A stunning portrayal of the last hours of Christ. For you believers out there, if this doesn't have you in tears, nothing will.
Published 4 days ago by Michael A Zimmerman
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some people seem to think everytime someone proclaims a faith in God or Christ they have to be a hypocrite. Not everyone is. I wish all could see that so that they might believe too.
Mar 3, 2009 by JillyJean2 |  See all 14 posts
Passion of the Christ DVD Language?
No it was not in English at all. I saw it in theater. The whole thing is in Aramaic with English subtitles. The fact that it's not in English gives the film a feel of authenticity and realism. It's a truly excellent movie! You have to watch it!
Apr 12, 2008 by Nina Diab |  See all 33 posts
Mel Gibson , bigot
Mr. McDaniel has it right when he says we would all be better off if we were allowed to be imperfect (human) and to say what is really in our minds. I will take it a step farther by saying that the intolerance of the thought police, under the guise of being "politically correct" and... Read more
Dec 14, 2008 by Elizabeth Williams |  See all 29 posts
Is there a PG13 Version?
The movie was indeed re-cut and submitted to the MPAA in order to obtain a PG-13, however the certificate came back still as an "R." Rather than release a second "R" version, they formally rejected the rating and released "The Passion Re-Cut" as "Unrated."
Apr 15, 2006 by S. Gaddis |  See all 9 posts
Will Asia BluRay version work in N.America?
I tried it on my Sharp BD-HP210U. It did not work. When I tried to load it " incompatible disc" showed on the screen
Apr 3, 2010 by Thomas J. Christiano |  See all 2 posts
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